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Wasim Jaffer’s unbeaten 285 flattens Rest of India

Ganesh Satish also scores a century as Vidarbha lose just one wicket on Day 2

Wasim Jaffer (285* off 425) guided Vidarbha to 598 for three until Stumps on Day 2 after resuming the day on 289 for two in the morning. The senior batsman completed 18000 first-class runs and became the highest scorer in the history of the tournament as he continued to dictate the proceedings in Nagpur. 

After resuming his innings on 113, Jaffer carried the momentum into the second day. Batting with patience and determination the top-order batsman bolstered the Vidarbha total with Ganesh Satish. The pair chipped away at the opposition as they took the team to Lunch at 407 for two.

Jaffer continued to hold the fort as he gleaned runs off the opposition with panache. He was ably partnered by Satish who too reached the three-figure mark in the second session. They continued to keep the Rest of India attack at bay as they piled on runs and took Vidarbha to Tea at 504 for two. The duo had added 289 runs for the third wicket until Satish returned to the dressing room for 120 in the final session of the day. The middle-order batsman departed edging Siddharth Kaul to KS Bharat behind the stumps.

Jaffer then continued to carry the innings forward with Apoorv Wankhede. Their partnership was unbroken on 91 when play ended for the day.

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Run machine Jaffer brings up 53rd first-class ton

Vidarbha eye big first innings total after taking control on Day 1

Wasim Jaffer anchored Vidarbha to a solid 289 for two on the first day with an unbeaten 113-run knock against Rest of India in Irani Cup 2017-18. The seasoned campaigner ensured that the team stayed on course for a big first innings total with an elegantly compiled knock after Faiz Fazal and SR Ramaswamy set the stage with a 101-run opening stand.

After electing to bat, the Vidarbha batsmen displayed patience in building their innings. Fazal and Ramaswamy bided their time at the crease to see off the first couple of hours and carefully built a platform to set up the innings. The youngster, who has been a vital cog in the Vidarbha line-up during the Ranji Trophy, played a sensible innings until he returned to the pavilion towards the end of the first session. Having done the hard yards, Ramaswamy departed hitting Jayant Yadav straight to mid-wicket for 53 off 111 balls.

Jaffer then joined Fazal in taking Vidarbha to Lunch at 126 for one. The pair dominated the second session as they continued to attack the ROI bowlers. While the No 3 bat batted with ease against an attack comprising Ravichandran Ashwin, the skipper too kept chipping away at the attack to build on the foundation. The Jaffer – Fazal partnership had added 117 runs for the second wicket until the opener was sent back at the stroke of Tea by Ashwin. Fazal departed sweeping the spinner and was caught by Navdeep Saini.

With Ganesh Satish, Jaffer then saw the team through to stumps. The highest run-getter in Irani Cup brought up his 53rd century as he kept the balance tipped in Vidarbha’s favour. The partnership for third wicket was unbroken on 71 at the end of the day’s play.

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